Assistant Professor of Surgery
Facial Plastic &
Division of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
Stanford, CA 94305-5328
THE ARTICLE by Mingrone et al1 describes a histopathologic study that is a good first step toward human clinical trials. The correction of a crooked nose with a significant cartilaginous component is perhaps the greatest challenge in rhinoplasty. The idea of using resorbable plates as spreader grafts or splints is an excellent one.
In future studies, it would be interesting to see if the application of small absorbable screws, as opposed to suture fixation, would allow further and longer-lasting correction of the bent cartilage. It would then be important to see if such increased pressure negatively affects the cartilage-plate interface.
Koch RJ. The Effects of Resorbable Plates on Rabbit Ear Cartilage. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 1999;1(3):182. doi: